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Requirements for CPE Adjunct Faculty Members

SPU's Center for Professional Education partners with individual educators who provide quality professional development workshops and seminars. If you would like to become an adjunct faculty member, you must submit an application along with a course proposal.

Qualifications and Application

To become an adjunct faculty member in the Center for Professional Education requires:

  • At minimum, a master's degree and expertise in the field of teaching, either through academic preparation or life experience. (Instructors approved to teach only noncredit or CEU (clock hour) courses are not necessarily required to have a master's degree.)
  • A completed and signed Adjunct Faculty Application (PDF).
  • A CPE Course Form (PDF) for your proposed course(s). For more information about how to submit a course proposal, visit:
  • Your official university transcript of your master's or higher degree on file at SPU's School of Education Center for Professional Education.

Your résumé and curriculum vitae are welcome, but your signed application and official transcript must be on file.

Request your official transcripts from the institution that granted your highest degree when you submit your first course proposal to the Center for Professional Education. Have your transcript sent directly to SPU. Seattle Pacific will retain your transcript in the adjunct faculty files for as long as you offer courses through SPU. Your official transcripts become the property of Seattle Pacific and cannot be photocopied or returned.

Adjunct Faculty Application Review

Adjunct faculty applications are reviewed by the SPU School of Education, and the appropriate academic school or departments to determine whether or not applicants qualify for adjunct faculty status. If you are approved, the Center for Professional Education will keep your application and transcript on file.

Seattle Pacific adjunct faculty may teach credit courses approved on a course-by-course basis.

Adjunct Faculty Status

Your status as an adjunct faculty member lasts for as long as you continue to offer a course or courses through Seattle Pacific University, although an application update is required every two years. Adjunct faculty status does not accrue toward regular SPU faculty status or promotion, and may not be accumulated for tenure, sabbaticals, or full-time faculty benefits.

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